Showbiz Sandbox 96: Why Facebook Is Becoming Your Friendly Neighborhood Video Store

March 14, 2011

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In their never ending quest to replace declining DVD revenue movie studios have begun renting movies on Facebook. Such partnerships are focused on more than just sales, or finding a Netflix competitor, they are also about marketing. As Facebook users rent and purchase movies they’ll be transformed into a social marketing army.

Mel Gibson made headlines again last week accepting a plea deal in his spousal battery case. Whether moviegoers will forgive Gibson for recent ethnic slurs and racist comments will be tested when his next film, “The Beaver”, premieres at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, Carlie Sheen, in between streaming his wacky behavior on the Internet, was also headed to court to file a $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. and sitcom producer Chuck Lorre.

Julie Taymor joined Sheen on the unemployment line. After spending nine years bringing the Broadway musical “Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark”, Taymor was replaced as the director of the expensive, beleaguered musical.

We also review and analyze the week’s top entertainment headlines, including how a potential NFL strike is big trouble for television networks, Target losing its exclusive deal with Lady Gaga and music streaming service Spotify surpassing one million paid subscribers.

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Mel Gibson Pleads No Contest To Spousal Battery
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2011/03/mel-gibson-battery-oksana….

A Media Swarm Awaits Mel Gibson At Court
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/a-media-swarm-awaits….

Why Mel Gibson’s Movie Career Should Revive After Misdemeanor Plea
http://www.deadline.com/2011/03/mel-gibsons-movie-career-should-revive….

Charlie Sheen Sues Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre For $100 Million
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/03/charlie-….

Chuck Lorre’s Lawyer Fires Back At Charlie Sheen
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/03/chuck_lorre_lawyer.html

Two And A Half Men Is Better Than None
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alec-baldwin/alec-baldwin-charlie-sheen….

Jason Alexander Will Be Charlie Sheen For You
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/03/jason_alexander_will_be….

Charlie Sheen Debuts Cooking Show With Funny Or Die
http://news.tubefilter.tv/2011/03/10/charlie-sheen-debuts-cooking-show-with….

Tiger Blood Energy Drink Released
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tiger-blood-energy-drink….

Charlie Sheen Helps Make A Name For Ustream
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/business/media/14ustream.html

Tired Of Charlie Sheen? There’s A Browser Plug-in For That
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/03/09/tired-of-charlie-sheen-theres….

US Chart Has First All-UK Top Three Since Eighties
http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=1044489&c=1

Precipitous Fall for ‘Spider-Man’ Director
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/10/theater/julie-taymor-spider-man.html?hp

Spider-Man: Troubled Production In Cocoon For A Month
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870355540457619514060887….

Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pacific Rim’ For Legendary Pictures
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/guillermo-del-toro-directing….

Could An NFL Lockout Help Save “Chuck” For Another Season?
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/03/13/could-an-nfl-lockout-help….

Spotify Cracks The Million User Ceiling
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/spotify-cracks-the….

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop: Film Review
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/conan-obrien-cant-stop-film-167195

Lady Gaga, Target End Deal To Sell Exclusive “Born This Way” Album
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/lady-gaga-target-end-deal-to-sell-exclusive….

Chief Executive Of NPR Resigns
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/09/chief-executive-of….

Sarah McLachlan Says Lilith Fair Is Over
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/music/sarah-mclachlan….

Hackers Discover Google’s Cloud Based Music Service
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hackers-discover-googles….

Borders To Decide Fate Of 75 Stores This Week
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/book….

Warner Tests Renting Film On Facebook For Cash
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/09/technology/09facebook.html?hpw

Hoping To Be The Netflix For The Sundance Crowd
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/09/hoping-to-be-the-netflix-for….

Hulu Video Gets Original
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital….

Phil Collins – Letter To Fans
http://www.philcollins.co.uk/news/breaking-news-message-phil

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